What is the ‘let him cook’ meme?
'Let him cook' has taken a journey from a Bay Area rapper's dance move to a 'cursed' sports star to Woody from Toy Story.
On Nov 15, 2023 by Phil West
What is the Trade Offer meme? And how did it get to TikTok?
The meme mocks the trade request pop-ups in video games, highlighting incredibly lopsided exchanges.
On Oct 27, 2023 by Kahron Spearman
‘Leaning into the uncomfortable moments’: How Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf paved the path for Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes moved to protest
Twenty years before Colin Kaepernick made a pre-game national anthem an occasion for protest, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf did the same.
On Jul 18, 2023 by Adama Munu
2002: The year of the magical basketball shoe
Kids in 2002 wanted to be like Mike. But then they wanted to be like Allen Iverson, too. And some just wanted vintage Chuck Taylors.
On Dec 12, 2022 by Hannah Borenstein
Allen Iverson’s classic A5 ad is a lesson on how not to other Black culture
The Jadakiss-assisted clip is one of the first examples of basketball embracing Black culture in a way that wasn’t watered down. The game's still catching up.
On Sep 21, 2022 by Gerald Nesmith
‘She saw how easy that was’: Woman loyalty-checks NBA player for his girlfriend in viral video (updated)
'And she won’t leave either...'
On Sep 10, 2022 by Jack Alban
It’s time to abolish the NBA draft
A major part of the problem surrounding the NBA Draft is the language used to talk about its players.
On May 11, 2022 by Kahron Spearman
Life after sports: The challenging transition from pro athlete to normal person
Without their sport at the center of everything they do, retired professional athletes risk losing their sense of purpose and self-identity.
On Apr 28, 2022 by John Scott Lewinski
‘We here’: How Knicks superfans forged a new era of coverage for their favorite team
'To have this voice, as an African American, and that influence, means everything to me.'
On Apr 10, 2022 by Lee Escobedo
How NBA meme culture foretells an increasingly problematic present and future
The troubling tale of Zion Williamson.
On Feb 25, 2022 by Kahron Spearman
‘These teams are workplaces’: The resignation of Ben Simmons, and why Philadelphia won’t accept it
The NBA star looks for an exit.
On Oct 29, 2021 by Kahron Spearman
Why your brain is wired to think Jordan is better than LeBron
'People who are my students' age, the Gen Z-ers, do not know anything about Michael Jordan.'
On Oct 22, 2021 by Kahron Spearman
‘That goes against everything America stands for’: What Draymond Green gets wrong about freedom
The NBA star's viral speech is a troublingly limited take.
On Oct 15, 2021 by Kahron Spearman
‘Boy oh boy this is stupid’: Marjorie Taylor Greene tries to talk basketball, compares COVID to HIV
She also made a false equivalency between COVID and HIV.
On Oct 15, 2021 by Andrew Wyrich